Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Monday, November 17th
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Game 2: Tuesday, December 23rd
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Game 3: Saturday, January 17th
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Game 4: Saturday, February 28th
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Trail Blazers 91

(29-30, 11-20 away)

Mavericks 111


    7:30 PM ET, February 28, 2004

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 21 27 22 2191
    DAL 27 39 14 31111

    Top Performers

    Por: Z. Randolph 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Blk

    Dal: A. Walker 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    'Toine, Nash put Dallas on cruise control

    DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks are trying to improve their playoff position before they go on the road.

    Antoine Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds, Steve Nash added 22 points and 11 assists and the Mavericks extended their home winning streak to seven games with a 111-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

    Dirk Nowitzki contributed 21 points and seven rebounds to help Dallas to its fifth straight win overall and improve to 27-4 at home this season.

    Dallas has won the first four games of a five-game homestand that ends Tuesday night against Seattle.

    "We're a very confident team," Walker said. "This is a very important homestand for us. We've got 11 games on the road next month. We're jockeying for playoff position so this is the time of the year when we've got to jell."

    Zach Randolph had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Darius Miles and Damon Stoudamire added 16 points each for Portland, which lost at Houston on Friday to snap a five-game winning streak.

    The weary Trail Blazers, who got 14 points from Derek Anderson and 13 from Shareef Abdur-Rahim, completed a four-game road trip over a six-day span.

    "Fatigue did play a part, but the way we played in the first half also contributed," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said.

    After trailing at halftime by 18 points, the Trail Blazers made one last run in the fourth quarter, pulling as close as 84-77 with 8:59 left on Miles' dunk.

    But Dallas increased its lead to 92-79 with 6:20 left as Walker's layup capped an 8-2 spurt. Portland never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

    "We did a good job of battling back and weathering (Portland's run)," Nash said. "We were able to pick it up at the end and that's a good sign."

    The Mavericks led by as many as 22 (70-48) early in the third quarter before the Trail Blazers fought back with a 22-6 run. Miles had eight points during the stretch, reducing the deficit to 76-70.

    "We were able to climb back in the game, but we used too much energy to do that," Cheeks said.

    Dallas took an 80-70 lead into the fourth quarter after a 14-point third quarter.

    The Mavericks shot 56.5 percent in the first half and held a 66-48 halftime edge. Walker had 15 points in the first half and Nash added 14, helping Dallas to a lead as large as 20 points.

    Anderson and Abdur-Rahim received technical fouls in the second quarter while Dallas was scoring 39 points.

    Anderson picked up his technical for pushing Nowitzki after Anderson had been called for a personal on Nowitzki's drive. Anderson caught an accidental elbow from Nowitzki on his way to the basket.

    "I guess I hit him in the face and I didn't mean to," Nowitzki said. "It was nothing, just a misunderstanding."

    Dallas outscored Portland in the paint, 50-42, and outscored the Blazers on the fast break, 25-10.

    Game notes

    Mavericks rookie F Josh Howard missed the game due to a strained right groin. ... Portland lost three of the four meetings with Dallas this season. ... Tampa Bay receiver Keyshawn Johnson watched the game with several Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is considering a trade for Johnson. ... Dallas is 14-3 when Walker scores 20 or more points. ... All five Mavericks starters scored in double figures. Dallas is 11-1 this season when that happens. ... Randolph had his 35th double-double.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 111
    FGM-FGA 32-80 (.400) 46-89 (.517)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 3-15 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 22-26 (.846) 16-18 (.889)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-40 12-44
    Assists 19 29
    Turnovers 11 9
    Steals 3 4
    Blocks 5 11
    Fast Break Points 2 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (3/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Zach Randolph Randolph
    Points: 18
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 25
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2